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June 2015 Issue

  1. Introduction
  2. Every Hero Has a Story: Summer Reading Program
  3. Every Hero Has a Story: Shark Spectacular
    with Jurassic Parts
  4. Read Down Your Fines with "Dewey Bucks"
  5. Quick Byte: Pocket

Welcome to the June Issue of
Books & Bytes!

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Every Hero Has a Story:
Summer Reading Program

Jun 08 - Jul 31, 2015

Everybody is a hero in their own story if you just look. – Maeve Binchy

Patrons of all ages are invited to join our “Every Hero Has a Story” Summer Reading Program, which runs from Jun 08 to Jul 31 at all Palm Beach County Library System locations, including the Bookmobile. Our programs and special events will encourage you to power up with reading and see what you can discover through books. Soar with the superheroes and have a blast at your library this summer!

Join us for the Summer Reading Kick-Off Parties!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System.


Sign up at any of our locations and receive a bookmark and a reading log to track your progress.

  • Little Learners: Ages 0-5, will receive a rubber superhero duck after completing an activity log.
  • Children: Ages 5-11, will also receive a pencil and a copy of the newspaper, The Scoop, featuring jokes, activities, word games and more for signing up. Complete 10 hours of reading and receive a light-up yoyo.
  • Teens: Ages 12-17, upon completion of 16 hours of reading will receive a sports pack.
  • Adults: Ages 18 & up, read or listen to five or more books, eBooks, or audiobooks. Afterwards, bring your completed reading log to your local branch and receive a spooner mug!
  • Soar with the Heroes Online: All ages are welcome to participate in our online Summer Reading Program!
  • Share your progress #pbclibrary.

Everyone who completes the Summer Reading Program will also receive a free coupon to a Roger Dean Stadium Baseball Game and be entered in a drawing to win a Kindle Fire HD 6.

*All materials, give-aways, and prizes while supplies last.

Every Hero Has a Story: Shark Spectacular with Jurassic Parts

Fascinated with sharks? See jaws and teeth from over two dozen sharks from around the world and touch a real shark jaw, shark skin and a fossil Megalodon shark tooth. Learn fun facts about sharks and why their conservation is so important. Each child will go home with a genuine fossil shark tooth! Ages 5 & up. (45 min.) Call or stop by the location of your choice to preregister.

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Read Down Your Fines with "Dewey Bucks"

Children and teens under 18 can earn Dewey Bucks to pay off their overdue fines by reading at one of the Palm Beach County Library System locations. Once signed in at the children’s desk, children will receive a Dewey Buck for every 15 minutes spent reading. Dewey Bucks can be used at the Library’s check out desk to remove overdue fines, purchase a replacement card, or buy a book bag.

While in the library, children receive credit for:

  • Reading by themselves.
  • Reading to/with younger children.
  • If children are reading to each other, both earn credit.

Reading any print media (books, magazines and newspapers) earns Dewey Bucks. Fines must be paid first before any other purchase can be made. Dewey Bucks cannot be redeemed for lost or damaged materials.

"Since June 1, 2014 about 204,000 minutes or about 3,400 hours of reading was completed by children in Palm Beach County," said Library Director Doug Crane. "The program has been very successful but we want to encourage more students to take advantage of the program especially in the summer months so that they avoid the summer slump."

Quick Byte: Pocket

If you’re inundated with articles, recipes, videos and webpages, and don’t have time to read them all immediately, check out Pocket. This “read it later” app offers unlimited storage and makes it easy to save everything in one place so you can check it out at your convenience. Once you save something to Pocket, it will be available on your phone, tablet and computer.

It’s easy to save an article from a website or app by choosing Pocket from available sharing options. The content that you save to Pocket is downloaded to the app and viewable anywhere, anytime. With Pocket, you can save and access your content even if you don’t have an Internet connection. You simply go to the app and choose from the list of articles that you’ve saved. When you’ve made your choice, the reading view will open, with full graphics from the original article. At the bottom of the view, you’ll have options to archive, save it as a favorite, and more. You can also delete, customize font sizes, add tags, and search using keywords.

Pocket is available for Android and iOS devices, so you can use it on your phone, tablet or computer. For avid reader and web-surfers, this app is definitely worth a try!

Until Next Time

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"I urge you to celebrate the extraordinary courage and contributions of refugees past and present."
-Kofi Annan, Seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, 1997-2006
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